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The rise of machines that have been described as “the world’s largest and longest robots” - trains used to carry iron ore in the Pilbara - has stepped up a gear, with Rio Tinto getting approval for its autonomous trains from the rail safety regulator.
Rio made the announcement on Friday, adding that its $US940 million AutoHaul project was on track to be completed by the end of this calendar year.
“Rio Tinto will take a phased approach to deploying autonomous trains across the network in the lead-up to full commissioning. Once commissioned, the network will be the world’s first heavy haul, long distance autonomous rail operation, unlocking significant safety and productivity benefits for the business,” Rio Tinto said in a statement to the ASX.
The vast trains consist of two or three powerful locomotives, along with 240 ore cars. When loaded each car holds about 118 tonnes of ore, meaning that a single train can transport about 28,320 tonnes of ore from mine to port.
A small-scale ramp-up of Rio’s AutoHaul will occur over coming weeks, with one to two trains a day running in fully autonomous mode without a driver.
Rio Tinto says the new system will improve rail circuit capacity because of the reduced need for driver changeovers.
The miner believes that its autonomous train system will be able to slash the amount of driving train drivers need to do by light vehicles to driver changeover points by about 1.5 million kilometres a year.
The miner also believes that an autonomous train system delivers safety improvements by reducing risk at level crossings, and by the introduction of automated responses to alarms, speed restrictions and asset protection devices.
This article first appeared on www.smh.com.au
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